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Best Albums of '04

T. BRANNEY
 
Faking The Books
Faking The Books
"The best album yet from the 21st century's most influential band is maddeningly still unreleased here. Melancholy electronica with a heart and a head. Improves with every listen."
Inteletto D'amore
Inteletto D'amore
"Spectacularly beautiful and innovative. Like tuning into the very soul of the cosmos"
Alphabetical
Alphabetical
"The best pure pop album of the year. Honest, celebratory, classic songwriting - a total Joy."
Segundo
Segundo
"Folktronica is a hideous term, but this is a beautiful, subtle music."
Sung Tongs
Sung Tongs
"Draws on almost every musical form of the last 50 years to create something entirely new, and excitingly wonderful"
CARBON GLACIER
CARBON GLACIER
"Spine-chilling songs that grip you more with every listen."
When It Falls
When It Falls
"Victims of their own success, this is not consistant, but certainly contains some of the best crafted songs of the year."
Medulla
Medulla
"Continually interesting, playful and innovative, more heavenly sounds from Bjork."
Out Of Nothing
Out Of Nothing
"Drawing on the likes of ABBA and Bacharach, Embrace improbably turn out the best rock album of the year, crammed with anthemic epics."
Venice
Venice
"The most important, groundbreaking musician of today - expect these sounds to crop up in the top 40 in 5  years time"
Colour The Small One
Colour The Small One
"Superbly written, lush debut."
A Grand Don't Come For Free
A Grand Don't Come For Free
"Much better than his first album. A document of our times."
Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever
Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever
"Another great concept album from the crown-prince of nu electro."
Fly Or Die
Fly Or Die
"It's like Funkadelic never went away."
These Were the Earlies
These Were the Earlies
"Hugely ambitious amalgamation of Brian Wilson, Kraut Rock and space pop."
Meltdown
Meltdown
"Thrashy power-pop with vulnerable vocals - a winning combination that seens Ash back to their best."
Schizophrenic
Schizophrenic
"Absurdly underrated album of electro/R'n'B drenched pop."
I Com
I Com
"Hugely diverse collection of sounds and influences."
Homesongs
Homesongs
"Warm, intimate almost folk songs. And great ones they are too."
Ten
Ten
"Hip Hop used to be the most adventurous of all musics. Now it's got more to do with corporate sponsorship. cLOUDDEAD remind us that rap can still surprise."
It's All Around You
It's All Around You
"Not as groundbreaking as they once were, but still an album of endless pleasures."
Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
"Sizzling, early 80's influenced power-pop, with great tunes and attitude."
The World Is Saved
The World Is Saved
"Intimate, whispered loops from the 31st century."
Destroy Rock & Roll
Destroy Rock & Roll
"What to listen to whilst Daft Punk are away."
Juxtaposition
Juxtaposition
"Detailed future jazz."